Headteacher’s hopes for Rotherham’s first primary school in 20 years

Artist's impression of how the new Eastwood Village Primary School, in Rotherham, will look
Artist's impression of how the new Eastwood Village Primary School, in Rotherham, will look
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The headteacher at the first primary to be built in Rotherham in 20 years hopes the school will help build relationships and bring the community together.

Mark Young, executive headteacher at Eastwood Village Primary, in Eastwood, has spoken of his hopes for the new school, which is due to open its doors in September.

The £6.3 million school will have just 30 pupils in each year group when it opens, but will eventually have 315 youngsters and a 44 place nursery.

The new building is situated in a flood risk area and is being built on stilts, giving it a distinctive modern architectural look. Underneath the school there is space for a car park and outdoor classrooms.

Mr Young said: “The mission statement of the school is ‘learning together at the heart of our community’.

“The school’s ambition is to achieve economic prosperity, outstanding learning and mutual respect are clearly defined.

“The team of staff have been largely appointed. This team is a highly dynamic innovative group all seeking to achieve the ambition of the school.

“Unfortunately, in recent times, the area has gained a lot of negative publicity and this is an excellent opportunity for the community and for us to begin to build their futures.

“We have the support of an established community help group – The Clifton Partnership – behind us and together we can have a really positive effect on the local area.

“We hope to build relationships so the community can come together and help each other.

“This won’t be just a school – but a place of trust and support where people can seek help and support to better their lives.”

The school will be run as an academy by the Central Learning Partnership Trust, which also runs Coleridge and East Dene Primary Schools.